Melody Ross Memorial celebrates teens life through music, memories

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melody-ross-memorialPlease join friends, family and the Long Beach community to celebrate the short life of student, Melody Ross, on Tuesday, November 17, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

The 16-year-old Cambodian American teen was killed by gunfire on Oct 30 after a homecoming game at Wilson High School in Long Beach.

Hosted by Chad Sammeth of Cambodia Town, the evening will feature a special remembrance by Melody’s Uncle, Sam Che, performances by Jumakae, Mike Sonksen aka Mike the Poet, Universal Speakers, Living Testament Crew, Feel, E’TaY, Scotty G., praCh, the Life House Church Band, with special guests TBA.

About the Performers:

praCh is a Hip-Hop Artist, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian.  He has been featured on Cambodia Daily, Phnom Penh Post, Newsweek, Times Magazine, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NHK, New York Post, FOX, PBS, Press-Telegram, LA Times, Hmong Times, OC Weekly, 562 Magazine, Asia Week, and many more. A highly recognized and respected community figure, he resides in Long Beach CA and Jacksonville FL.

Universal Speakers are a female trio hailing from Long Beach, who blend Reggae, Hip-Hop and R&B sounds in their music.

Mike Sonksen aka Mike the Poet, is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.  His book, I Am Alive in Los Angeles, has been added to the curriculum of several universities and has received rave reviews. 

JUMAKAE is a Siamese-American artist who weaves cultural differences into a common thread through lyrical storytelling and improvisation—against the backdrop sounds, from acoustic melodies to fresh beats.  She is part of the Long Beach artist collective, ONE IMAGINATION, which helps foster creativity through writing workshops.

Erma, Theresa, and Yolanda aka “E’TaY” are friends who’ve been singing together for several years. They’ve participated in a variety of events from gospel choirs and plays, to Jazz, and R&B concerts, and are original members of The Long Beach Children of Christ.   

Feel was discovered by the Universal Speakers.  His collaboration with Vice (“Angel”) is featured on the band’s latest album, Universal Love.

Life House Church Band consists of members who share a love for music and a LOVE and PASSION for God.  The death of Melody Ross inspired them to share their hope that society can change as individuals change.

Living Testaments Crew: Bunna Roeum and Stephan Kosal are from the Cambodian Evangelical Church in Ontario.  They are Melody’s cousins and will sing “After The Rain” dedicated to her memory.

Scotty G.  aka the “Dub PassenJah” is a founding member of Chapter 11, a local group known for its unique sound that blends Hip-Hop beats with Reggae instrumentation, rhythms and melodies. 

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this night possible including Sam Che & the family, all the performers who donated their time & talents, Boden Him, graphic designer (, In Da Mix Productions for the sound (Vyron & DJ Mo), Staples, and Navy Phim.

All event proceeds will be donated to the Melody Ross Memorial Trust, established by the Superintendent of Schools, and President of the Long Beach Education Foundation. 100% of all donations directly benefit the family. Even if you can’t attend the event donations can be made by checks or cash mailed to Long Beach Education Foundation 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90810. Or donate online here. For more information, go to:

Advance Tickets to are $10 and are available at the Art Theatre or online. The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E 4th Street. For more information call 562-438-5435 or visit


2 Responses to “Melody Ross Memorial celebrates teens life through music, memories”
  1. The community response to Melody Ross’s tragic death has been overwhelming. We plan to be present at this event tonight to honor the memory of Melody Ross and support her family. Thank you everyone who has contributed to organize this special event and the other fundraisers that have occurred across Long Beach, as well providing direct donations to the trust. In working together, our community will heal from this violence.

    To follow up this memorial, One Imagination is dedicating its monthly open mic, BREAK THE SILENCE, to the memory of Melody Ross and all victims of violence. It takes place Thursday, November 19th, 8-11PM at Mirage Coffeehouse (539 E. Bixby Rd, Long Beach). From 6-8PM before the open mic, we are also holding a writing session around the impact violence has on us and our communities. Please join us.

    Hip Hop Did Not Kill Melody

  2. treasure says:

    i will misz you